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25 Books Every Christian Should Read

25 Books Every Christian Should Read

25 Books Every Christian Should Read: A Guide to the Essential Spiritual Classics

This is not a book review. I don’t own this book – I will think about buying it. I was asked by an e-friend, in relation to this list of 25 books every Christian should read: how many have I read, or on my shelves with the intention to read it? I replied: 22. I was then asked if that included the Dostoevsky. Yes.

The Cloud of Unknowing and The Rule of St. Benedict are regular companions in my life. Many of the understandings in Revelations of Divine Love are very important to me. Thomas Merton is also very significant, but if I had to choose only one of his books, it would not be The Seven Storey Mountain. So that’s my top three or four. What would be your top three or four from this list? What would you add to this list?

1.  On the Incarnation  by St. Athanasius Download Book Extras
2.  Confessions  by St. Augustine Download Book Extras
3.  The Sayings of the Desert Fathers Extras
4.  The Rule of St. Benedict  by St. Benedict Download Book Extras
5.  The Divine Comedy  by Dante Alighieri Buy Book Extras
6.  The Cloud of Unknowing  by Anonymous Download Book Extras
7.  Revelations of Divine Love (Showings)  by Julian of Norwich Download Book Extras
8.  The Imitation of Christ  by Thomas à Kempis Download Book Extras
9.  The Philokalia Buy Book Extras
10.  Institutes of the Christian Religion  by John Calvin Buy Book Extras
11.  The Interior Castle  by St. Teresa of Avila Download Book Extras
12.  Dark Night of the Soul  by St. John of the Cross Download Book Extras
13.  Pensées  by Blaise Pascal Download Book Extras
14.  The Pilgrim’s Progress  by John Bunyan Download Book Extras
15.  The Practice of the Presence of God  by Brother Lawrence Download Book Extras
16.  A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life  by William Law
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17.  The Way of a Pilgrim  by Unknown Author Extras
18.  The Brothers Karamazov  by Fyodor Dostoevsky Buy Book Extras
19.  Orthodoxy  by G. K. Chesterton Extras
20.  The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins Buy Book Extras
21.  The Cost of Discipleship  by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Buy Book Extras
22.  A Testament of Devotion  by Thomas R. Kelly Buy Book Extras
23.  The Seven Storey Mountain  by Thomas Merton Buy Book Extras
24.  Mere Christianity  by C. S. Lewis Buy Book Extras
25.  The Return of the Prodigal Son  by Henri J. M. Nouwen Buy Book Extras

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feast of Thomas Merton

feast of Thomas Merton

feast of Thomas Merton

Above: Fr. Matthew Kelty, a monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani in which Thomas Merton was a monk, reads the prayer of Thomas Merton found in Thoughts In Solitude THE ROAD AHEAD My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot knowContinue Reading

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liturgy at General Synod

I have been able to find out a bit more about debates relating to liturgy at the meeting of General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia meeting in Gisborne from today. Motion 5 (below) is the one that confuses and concerns me most, followed by the bill on Ashes toContinue Reading

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Thomas Merton

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Thomas Merton died 41 years ago today. Some years back I moved a motion at our diocesan synod, the cogs of which have been slowly working – (ACANZP’s) General Synod is anticipated to have its second vote on this in 2010 and then, after a year “lying on the table” (for anyone to make aContinue Reading

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The Journey of Thomas Merton

The Journey of Thomas Merton

The Journey of Thomas Merton

Some clips from Morgan Atkinson’s documentary “Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton.”

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Merton @ Merton celebration

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Rev. John and Mrs. Margaret Merton (above) were among the approximately four hundred present at the service to remember and celebrate forty years after Thomas Merton’s death, in the Christ’s College Chapel where Thomas Merton’s father, Owen, would have regularly worshipped as a student. John Merton is a first cousin of Thomas Merton and isContinue Reading

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Thomas Merton and Christ’s College

Thomas Merton

As followers of this site are well aware, in 2006 I put a motion to our diocesan synod which set in train adding Thomas Merton onto our church calendar (sort of Anglican equivalent to canonisation). That has now passed our General Synod, all diocesan synods, and needs to return to General Synod for a finalContinue Reading

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